Remembrance Day is coming up, and Wednesday is a perfect time to pause and reflect before we get swept away in a hurricane of glittery light displays and holiday hoo haw.
This year, most ceremonies will be virtual or televised. Take a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace and take in the pageantry online.
Remembrance Day in Metro Vancouver
We’ve rounded up some posts including reader tips on talking to kids about the meaning of November 11th, a personal essay on how moving it can be to attend the Victory Square ceremony downtown.
Remember in Place this Remembrance Day
On Wednesday, November 11, the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Remembrance Day Committee will host a modified version of their annual Remembrance Day ceremony at Victory Square to honour Canada’s veterans, and to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
The City of Vancouver is asking people to #RememberInPlace safely at home, and to avoid Victory Square on November 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s ceremony will be available on Global TV.
Victory Square will be closed to the public. There will be no parade or screens for viewing the ceremony on site. A limited number of official wreaths will be placed. No other wreaths will be placed this year, and members of the public should not gather after the ceremony to place their poppy on the Cenotaph.
The Remembrance Day service at Victory Square is organized by the Vancouver Remembrance Day Committee, a volunteer group established by the City in 1946 with the mandate to conduct the ceremony every November 11 on behalf of its citizens.
Talking to kids about Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day at Victory Square
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).